How often have you been dealing with something challenging and stressful, yet kept it to yourself, not wanting to burden anyone with your issues or your sorrows?
On any given day, most people you encounter have something heavy they are dealing with, something they are turning over in their minds and battling in their hearts. Of course, we don’t want to go around telling strangers about every issue, but so often we aren’t tapping into the abundance of love and support that surrounds us every single day.
Perhaps one of the most valuable tools I have learned to access in recent years is support, of friends and family, of professional networks, of women’s groups, and even anonymous support groups when appropriate. I used to be afraid to admit to anyone that I was having a hard time with something, that I was hurt, anxious or stressed and needed an ear, a laugh, a cry, a hug, whatever it might be. I thought, I have to be the strong one. I have to set the example of holding it all together so those around me will trust me and come to me for help and support.
Now I know that part of holding it together is reaching out and asking for help when needed (which is often). And now I’m not afraid to admit when I’m really losing it. I send out the bat signal, and urgent care is on its way. It’s so beautiful!
There is no shame in asking for help. In fact, it’s a glorious act of humanity.
Part of self-care is reaching out to others to care for you when you feel you can’t. When life gets too hard or too heavy, call a friend and say, “I’m having a hard time. Can you help me?” It’s freeing, empowering, and warms your soul and theirs too.
If this is something you struggle with, you are not alone. This is part of what inspired me to create the Women’s Wellness Circle Workshop at Liberation Yoga. I believe creating spaces for women to gather, move, breathe, learn, and share is essential to our wellness and optimal self-care.
Take Action Now:
If you live in LA, join me this Sunday, April 26, 5:30pm-7:00pm at Liberation Yoga for the first Women’s Wellness Circle. Call 323-964-5222 to reserve your spot.
Not in LA? Don’t despair. Write a list of people you feel you can reach out to in your times of need and practice reaching out often. Your friends will appreciate it as they know you have their back too.
Share in the comments below how reaching out feels to you. What do you do in times of need so you feel less alone and cared for?
Lots of love,